19 Jun 2015

Wife of Police officer drives drunk and kills bicyclist. Instead of being taken to jail she is let go with a citation to appear in court.

Kenneth Najarian left his Charlotte home at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday to take a bicycle ride before he and his wife were scheduled to host friends for dinner around 6 p.m.
"He said he was going for a quick bike ride, and he would be back," Krissi Najarian said. "But he wasn't back."
The guests arrived. There was no answer when Krissi Najarian called her husband. Worried, she and her two children left their guests at the house to look for the missing doctor.
"I couldn't find him anywhere," Krissi Najarian said. "I was afraid he went into some tall brush. That's when I came upon the accident scene."
Najarian, known as Ken, a radiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, was struck by a car and killed at about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the driver, Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh, was drunk.
Najarian became the third cyclist killed on Vermont roads in two months.
Gonyeau's southbound 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan hit Najarian, 60, as he was riding south at 872 Greenbush Rd. in Ferrisburgh, the Vermont State Police said. Najarian died at the scene.
Gonyeau, the wife of 15-year veteran Williston police officer Keith Gonyeau, was cited on a charge of first-offense driving under the influence. She is scheduled to appear June 29 in Vermont Superior Court in Middlebury.
It was unknown whether she has retained a lawyer. Most times the defense lawyer becomes known after a criminal charge is filed in court. A man who answered a phone call Thursday evening to a Ferrisburgh listing for Gonyeau and her husband said the number had been changed some time ago. 
Lives 'destroyed'
The road on which Najarian was killed was part of his regular biking route and had little traffic, Krissi Najarian told the Burlington Free Press on Thursday.
"He always felt safe," she said.
That road is a wide-open straightaway with plenty of field of vision, said Susan Rand, president of Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations.
Gonyeau's preliminary breath test showed a 0.123 percent blood alcohol content, police said. Adult drivers are presumed to be under the influence at 0.08 percent.
"It's unfathomable to imagine how many lives are destroyed because of that one action," Krissi Najarian said. She added that she hopes the woman responsible will "go to jail for a very long time."
Gonyeau was spared arrest and jail custody after the crash Wednesday because she was cited on suspicion only of first-offense drunken driving. The protocol for that charge is to cite and release the suspect, said Scott Waterman, a state police spokesman. 
Vermont has a crime of DUI resulting in death, but so far that allegation has not been used in this case.
"At this point, there is only probable cause for the DUI first offense," Waterman said Thursday. "The rest of the incident is under investigation. There has been no determination at this point for fault in the fatality. If there are facts that are revealed that support another charge, we would work with the state attorney on that." 
DUI with death resulting requires proof that the intoxicated driver, rather than other conditions, caused the death, Essex County State's Attorney Vince Illuzzi said. He is uninvolved in the Gonyeau case and spoke about Vermont law generally.
The investigation into the crash is continuing. Anyone with information or who witnessed the wreck is asked to contact Trooper Brett Flansburg at 388-4919.
Najarian's death is the third fatality in a vehicle-bicycle crash in nine weeks in Vermont — all occurring within 20 miles in western Vermont. Four people — three cyclists and one car driver — have been killed. 
Treated trauma patients
Ken Najarian worked in radiology at UVM Medical Center and taught in the College of Medicine. He often treated people injured in bicycle and vehicle crashes, his colleagues said.
Najarian was a leader in the interventional radiology section, where he worked for 30 years.
"Ken spent all of his working career in Vermont oftentimes treating trauma patients who were in bike and car accidents," said Anthony Dinizio, a UVM resident doctor who worked with Najarian. "His job was to stop internal bleeding."
He also was a professor and started UVM's fellowship program in interventional radiology in 1995, said colleague Dr. Christopher Morris. Najarian worked with several hundred students, resident doctors and fellows, Morris said.
"He touched a lot of lives over 30 years," Dinizio said. "Radiologists around the country learned things from Ken that they practice every day."
Najarian is survived by his wife and two stepchildren, Jared Helfman, 22, and Shannon Helfman, 16.
"We loved him," Krissi Najarian said. "He was the most kind, giving, generous and selfless man and the most wonderful husband and father anybody could ever have."
Family man, innovator
Najarian was nearly 50 when he and Krissi were married in 2004.
"He became a family man later in life and really relished being a family man," Morris said.
He had zest for life, his friends and family said. He loved his work. He indulged his hobbies, including drumming, kite boarding, snowboarding, boating and bicycling.
"I was in a band with him, and we used to get together and play every week or two," Dinizio said.
Ken Najarian named the band Titled Filter in reference to a medical device used for treating people with blood clots in their legs.
"He wanted to name the band for something he loved," Dinizio said. "It's sort of an inside joke for internal radiologists."
Read MOre:http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/06/18/bicycle-car-crash-victim-uvm-radiologist/28922071/


  1. BellsNwhistles19 June 2015 at 11:55

    All the things she ever was and all she ever wanted to be, all she ever did and all who ever knew her she was a cops wife...period.

  2. Guillotine_ready19 June 2015 at 12:12

    So now even their family members get away with murder? Tired of it yet? Like armed uniformed gangs running around doing anything they please? Sure we do it is easy to see you like it because you not only allow it, you support it financially. So celebrate the outcome you always wanted.

  3. Was she white? Was the dead man White? Hard to guess here. Would be nice to know.
    And let me guess.... she never stopped to help him but kept on going. She needs to be sent to jail for leaving the scene of a crime while drunk.

  4. A man was killed by a drunk driver. A wife lost her husband and 2 kids lost their father right before Father's Day and the first thing you comment on is skin color. WTF does white have to do with anything here and why the hell is it so important to you?.
    People that feel everything is somehow race driven really need to pull back and look at the way they are being played.
    Love and condolences to this poor family, especially the children.

  5. Belinda Boundreau20 June 2015 at 06:18

    Your handle says it all LOL!!!